Managing the Increased Demand for Physical Therapy After the ACA

Posted by Brandon Goldenberg on Oct 16, 2014 4:03:00 PM

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more people are acquiring coverage on health exchanges. Although coverage options differ, most plans feature the same set of essential health benefits, which include coverage for rehabilitation services like physical therapy. In addition, a rising demand for PT is expected from the aging baby boomer generation. While baby boomers presently make up only 12 percent of the newly insured population, they account for a much larger share of healthcare services. Knee replacement surgeries, for example, have more than tripled amongst the baby boomer generation over the lastdecade, thereby increasing the demand for post-op physical therapy. Furthermore, the ACA’s focus on prevention means that insured individuals will be encouraged to seek physical therapy as a viable non-surgical treatment option, which will add to demand for services.

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Patient Engagement: Improving Post-Acute Care, Sustaining Bundled Payments

Posted by Brandon Goldenberg on Sep 17, 2014 2:27:17 PM

Bundled Payments have been gaining momentum as a desirable value-based payment system. The model shows promise for its ability to align incentives across the care continuum in delivering high-quality, cost-effective care.  

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Healthcare's Newest Challenge - Scaling Care Coordination

Posted by Bill Porter on Jul 28, 2014 11:56:43 AM

Post-acute care and transitions of care (specifically the transition from the hospital to the home) are extremely challenging for patients, caregivers and the healthcare system as a whole. 
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Topics: ACOs, Hospital Readmissions, healthcare, bundled payments, outcomes

Baby Boomers: Powerful Users of Digital Health Care

Posted by Angela Delgado on Jul 23, 2014 9:44:51 AM

As the fee-for-service payment system for health care services in the United States continues to raise costs and decrease efficiency, analysts are looking towards the cost of patients of the future – namely, the aging Baby Boomer generation, nearly 30% of which is or will be affected by osteoarthritis, the most prevalent musculoskeletal disease.

By 2030, when the last of the Baby Boomers turns 65 years old, 20% of Americans will be eligible for Medicare. For taxpayers, this has far-reaching implications if the fee-for-service payment system is perpetuated. As digital health and bundled payments become the new norm, dollars spent on health care will decrease, countering what would otherwise be a massive increase in spending within the next fifteen years. Luckily, Boomers are more tech savvy than they are given credit for – In fact, older patients (those over 50) want digital healthcare services nearly as much as their younger counterparts. The question is, how can we take advantage of this generation’s ability to use technology to decrease health care spending?

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Topics: musculoskeletal, digital health, fee-for-service, Technology, healthcare, bundled payments

The U.S. Healthcare System- Most Expensive, Least Effective

Posted by Ariella Cohen on Jul 2, 2014 12:20:15 PM

A recent report by the Commonwealth Fund has ranked the United States Healthcare system last among 11 Western countries. Among the 11 nations in the report- Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.- the U.S. has continued to score the lowest ranking in the four prior studies conducted since 2004.

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Topics: government, Information Technology, healthcare

Mobile Health: Changing How We Deliver Health Care

Posted by Ariella Cohen on Jun 18, 2014 2:10:53 PM

Mobile health is bringing an entirely new approach to health care, referred to as “the biggest technology breakthrough of our time” by previous U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Mobile health, commonly referred to as mHealth, refers to the use of mobile devices in the collection of health data, the delivery of medical information, and the remote delivery of care. The implementation and widespread usage does not replace the roles of doctors and hospitals, but rather enables patients and providers to navigate remotely and efficiently. 

 1. The Integration of Mobile Devices in Our Daily Lives

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Topics: digital health, Health, Apps, mhealth, Technology

“The Strategy That Will Fix Health Care”: A Supporting IT Platform

Posted by Amy Babington on Jun 11, 2014 12:00:52 PM

Today we discuss the final tenet of the “value agenda” from the Harvard Business Review’s, The Strategy That Will Fix Health CareBuild an Enabling IT Platform.

The five other components of the value agenda previously discussed: (1) organizing into IPUs, (2) measuring outcomes and costs for each patient, (3) moving to bundled payments for care cycles, (4) integrating care delivery across separate facilities and (5) expanding geographic reach are made possible by an integrated information technology platform.

In an IPU, IT platforms must span across the various facilities, departments, and services that a patient might encounter throughout their entire episode of care for a given condition. For organizations who have not yet organized into IPUs – or who are still in the process – IT systems must transition from the siloed platforms of today.

 The authors highlight six essential elements necessary to create a valuable IT platform:

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Topics: value-based care, patient engagement, EMR, healthcare costs, outcomes, episodes of care